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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 5 Healing and Wholeness

III. The Guide to Salvation 6-11

6.  I have repeatedly emphasized that one level of the mind is not understandable to another.  So it is with the ego and the Holy Spirit, with time and eternity.  Eternity is an idea of God, so the Holy Spirit understands it perfectly.  Time is a belief of the ego, so the lower mind, which is the ego’s domain, accepts it without question.  The only aspect of time that is eternal is now.

7. The Holy Spirit is the mediator between the interpretations of the ego and the knowledge of the spirit.  His ability to deal with symbols enables Him to work with the ego’s beliefs in its own language.  His ability to look beyond symbols into eternity enables Him to understand the laws of God, for which He speaks.  He can therefore perform the function of reinterpreting what the ego makes, not by destruction but by understanding.  Understanding is light, and light leads to knowledge.  The Holy Spirit is in light because He is in you who are light, but you yourself do not know this.  It is therefore the task of the Holy Spirit to reinterpret you on behalf of God.

8. You cannot understand yourself alone.  This is because you have no meaning apart from your rightful place in the Sonship, and the rightful place of the Sonship is God.  This is your life, your eternity, and your Self.  It is of this that the Holy Spirit reminds you.  It is this that the Holy Spirit sees.  This vision frightens the ego because it is so calm.  Peace is the ego’s greatest enemy because, according to its interpretation of reality, war is the guarantee of its survival.  The ego becomes strong in strife.  If you believe there is strife you will react viciously, because the idea of danger has entered your mind.  The idea itself is an appeal to the ego.  The Holy Spirit is as vigilant as the ego to the call of danger, opposing it with His strength just as the ego welcomes it.  The Holy Spirit counters this welcome by welcoming peace.  Eternity and peace are as closely related as are time and war. 

9. Perception derives meaning from relationships.  Those you accept are the foundations of your beliefs.  The separation is merely another term for the split mind.  The ego is the symbol of separation, just as the Holy Spirit is the symbol of peace.  What you perceive in others you are strengthening in yourself.  You may let your mind misperceive, but the Holy Spirit lets your mind reinterpret its own misperceptions.

10. The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher.  He uses only what your mind already understands to teach you that you do not understand it.  The Holy Spirit can deal with a reluctant learner without going counter to his mind, because part of it is still for God.  Despite the ego’s attempts to conceal this part, it is still much stronger than the ego, although the ego does not recognize it.  The Holy Spirit recognizes it perfectly because it is His Own dwelling place; the place in the mind where He is at home.  You are at home there, too, because it is a place of peace, and peace is of God.  You who are part of God are not at home except in His peace.  If peace is eternal, you are at home only in eternity.

11. The ego made the world as it perceives it, but the Holy Spirit, the reinterpreter of what the ego made, sees the world as a teaching device for bringing you home.  The Holy Spirit must perceive time and reinterpret it into the timeless.  He must work through opposites, because He must work with and for a mind that is in opposition.  Correct and learn and be open to learning.  You have not made truth, but truth can still set you free.  Look as the Holy Spirit looks and understand as He understands.  His understanding looks back to God in remembrance of me.  He is in communion with God always, and He is part of you.   He is your guide to salvation, because He holds the remembrance of things past and to come and brings them to the present.  He holds this gladness gently in your mind, asking only that you increase it in His Name by sharing it to increase His joy in you. [1]

God’s Gift of the Holy Spirit instilled in each one of us, serves as an interpreter between the ego and the laws of God.  Holy Spirit is the Voice for God which breaks through all the barriers the ego erects to keep us under its influence.  Instead of destroying the ego and what it makes; Holy Spirit understands the ego, and this is its great undoing, because understanding is light, and light leads to knowledge.  Holy Spirit uses everything we experience in the flesh to restore our awareness of who and what we really are in Being.

No matter how far back we can track our genealogy, no matter how many hours we spend in therapy, educational or religious institutions, in libraries and research endeavors, we will not find ourselves in humanity.  Our rightful Being is in the Sonship of God.  Holy Spirit’s function is to remind us of this, to never let us forget it, to call us back to where we belong.

Our egos put up a terrible ruckus because the peace, love, and joy, the certain sense of belonging and everlasting, enrages the ego for it is a cornered beast – it has nowhere to lurk in the light of love, in the happiness of joy, in the calmness of peace.  Egos put up strong resistance to truth for egos only exist in lies, in half-truths, in opposition to truth.  Egos entice us with danger, intrigue, and betrayals.  When we study our minds, we see the ego draw to the unholy – we crane our necks and perk up our ears to hear the latest gore – whetting the appetites of our egos instead of welcoming Holy Spirit’s eternal peace we may delay ourselves, but the choice for God is inevitable.

Many times I have felt physically-sick and mentally distressed because of the sharp, cutting, and unbecoming subjects my coworkers and I shared throughout the day about others.  Instead of joining with the gossipy conjectures, rumors, and downright lies, I was and am called to actively practice the right-mindedness of Holy Spirit.  All of us are faced with this choice.  Holy Spirit is the Voice for God that calls to us, teaching us to stand for love, peace, and healing rather than promoting the backstabbing, two-faced, unwholesome practices of the ego.     

Time and war are related just like eternity and peace are related.  We may think that family squabbles, office gossip, and political mouth battles are practices that do no lasting harm, but whenever we treat others in an egotistical manner we choose time and war rather than eternity and peace.  Choosing peace is often viewed by the ego as being weak, prissy, and sissified but it is actually the smartest and strongest act of courage humans can muster.  Ego can call names, get its little whitey-tighties  in a wad, puff itself up like a toad, but in the end our holiness sees past all its bluster and we are called to let it go.

Because the ego sees everybody as a separate whole, different and vulnerable it seeks relationship.  But its relationships are dicey – some days it will like this one or despise that one; other days it will despise whom it previously liked and like whom it previously despised.  It is always in a state of attack or defense which centers around its own small-minded sense of who and what it is – an aging, decaying, has-been and never-was who strives to be the force of reckoning in relationship with other egos.  This is a no-win situation that eventually devours everything in its path and then itself.

Thinking with our higher mind where Holy Spirit resides we see others as we see ourselves – we know that what we choose to focus on in others is what is strengthened in ourselves.  We do not seek relationship; we seek oneness and wholeness.  When we make a mistake and perceive another without love and mercy, Holy Spirit corrects our mistaken perception, leading us through joy in oneness to see only with a desire to heal, bring peace, and restore unity.  In other words, we no longer see others as separate and distinct but as one with us.     

Holy Spirit is always with us.  Holy Spirit relies on what we already know to teach us that we do not know. I like to say that getting an education did not prove to me how smart I am, but only showed me how much I did not know!  However, Holy Spirit does not contradict what we know in our hearts and minds to be true, good, and worthy.  The ego can lie to us all it wants, it can make killing and terrorism look courageous, it can paint God to be a bigger and “badder” version of itself, it can make lust and lasciviousness look like coolness and glamor – but our minds still belong to God, and we know better than all that!  Our minds, where the Voice for God makes its home, is a place of peace, of intelligence, of purity, quietness, and reflection. Our minds remember the love and peace of God; our time as ego, in flesh, in strife, darkness, and death will never be our real home!

We live in a world made by ego, the result of splitting our minds, choosing opposition and opposites over the oneness and unity of wholeness, holiness, and God.  The world is designed as a trap, an unmerry-go-round of birth and death cycles complete with uncertainty, melodrama, and danger.  Based upon time and war, the history of humanity is fraught with the rise and fall of civilizations, one belief system posing as truth against all others, battles and bloodshed over religious doctrines that have nothing to do with the love, peace, and joy of our Creator and all to do with chaos, sorrow and suffering.  Blaming and shaming is the ego’s cry – and generation after generation throw their energies into waging war upon – not the ego – but each other. 

Holy Spirit makes of this boring bluff and blunder a teaching device for bringing you and bringing me home.  Holy Spirit works in our minds and helps us to see past the world of opposition and opposites to a world where our mistakes have served to correct and heal us, restore our brotherhood and return us to the Sonship of God.  Jesus tells us in today’s text reading to perceive with Holy Spirit and understand as Holy Spirit understands. Let the world and all its foibles, not bring us down, but teach us and bring all the things of God to our remembrance.  As we compare the Joy of God with the fleeting pleasures and passing happiness of the earth, the ego’s home in our minds dwindles.  As Holy Spirit teaches us peace and brotherhood, we can look at the hatred and strife between our brothers and see past it to what we had before time and what can be ours again, now, in this eternal instant.  This frees us from the tension of time, releasing our futures from the ego’s hallucination.  We share this message to keep this message alive and strong in our minds:

There is no hell or damnation for any part of Creation.

Hold loving thoughts, loving words, and loving deeds as the standard for our lives.

Do not judge anything or anybody, including ourselves, for any reason.

Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ that all are saved, not a few, not the elect, not this one and that one, but all.


[1]A Course in Miracles. Chapter 5 Healing and wholeness. III The guide to salvation 6-11. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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